“Are we there yet?” road trip goodie bags will be the solution that you’re looking for for your next family road trip!
Quite possibly the most simple and easy fix for fighting boredom during long-haul car rides, these inexpensive road trip activity bags will keep your kids preoccupied when the hours on the road seem endless.
Containing snacks, trinkets, printable games, and activities, “Are we there yet?” road trip goodie bags are the perfect addition to adding fun and pizazz to a classic family road trip. They are super easy to make and will keep your kids wondering what could possibly be coming next!
Ages to Consider For Road Trip Goodie Bags
Planned road trip goodie bags are good for any age!
At the time of our first epic road trip, our 3 boys were ages 7, 10, and 12. Though our 10 and 12- year-olds wouldn’t have normally played with trinkets or dollar store arts and crafts, in comes the exception!
All 3 of our children, despite their ages, were fascinated by the road trip goodie bags given to them in the form of a ‘gift’ along a boring stretch of Interstate.
Those of you with younger children will need to substitute age-appropriate snacks and toys.
Likewise, parents of girls vs. boys may choose to add in some gender-specific trinkets.
Alternatively, consider adding Itunes gift cards, books, magazines, and sugary snacks suitable for tweens and teens.
In other words, go with the general idea of these road trip goodie bags and add things that will excite you and your kids!
Additional road trip activities tip: For the most successful, grumbling-free adventure, combine the use of these activity bags with my Top 10 Tips for a Family Road Trip.
Likewise, because traveling with kids ages 1 – 4 presents its own set of ‘challenges’, read up on these toddler specific road trip activities that are sure to keep them preoccupied!
Cost of Road Trip Goodie Bags
Each and every one of the following items
They are basically ‘in-the-moment-sanity savers’.
In other words, nothing fancy, and not too expensive.
Don’t go overboard on the cost of these items.
I made 18 bags for each of our 3 children. 9 bags for the way to our destination, and 9 bags for the return trip home.
Each bag contains 2 or 3 Dollar Store items with the exception of a few activity bags that contained more expensive items.
Road trip goodie bags planning tip: The total cost for our 54 “Are we there yet” road trip activity bags was $90.00.
“Are We There Yet?” Road Trip Goodie Bags
“Are we there yet bags” are intended to be small surprises to give your children throughout the duration of an extended road trip.
They do not replace healthy snacks and meals that should be alternated with the candy and treats mentioned below.
Instead, refer to a reliable road trip food list for healthy meal and snack ideas when traveling.
Select bags based on their portability and size, and be sure to purchase treat bags that children cannot see through.
Likewise, buy enough bags to give to your children every 30 minutes to 1-hour throughout the duration of your road trip.
#1 Notebooks, markers, and stickers
Notebook of plain white drawing paper and a fresh new pack of markers. Insert some stickers for a little something extra.
#2 Hand-held pinball game
Hand-held pinball game and a snack-size treat.
#3 Portable dry erase board
Travel size dry erase board and sweet and salty snack mix (or other fun snack!).
#4 Party favors
Colorful party favors can be used as a small, fun toy. Add in some gum to keep the kids extra occupied!
#5 Minnie Mouse chapstick and Minnie snack bags
Purchase themed-baggies to make individual portions of various snacks. Accompany the themed bags with a coordinating toy or accessory!
#6 Word search puzzle book and multi-colored pen
Help pass time in the car by playing road trip word games that involve family interaction and fun!
For silent play, purchase age-appropriate word search puzzle books, crossword puzzle books, or Sodoku puzzle books.
They may not be exciting for kids, per se, but they sure do pass a huge chunk of time!
#7 Travel size play dough
Travel size playdough and a sweet treat that perhaps they have never had before!
#8 Punch balloons or bubbles
Punch balloons or bubbles are a great idea for a pit stop or roadside activity when everyone is needing to get a little energy out!
#9 Felt-art or other coloring Kit with a sweet treat
#10 Glow stick necklaces for nighttime travel
#11 Bubble-Goo bubble blower
#12 Themed crayons and a marching snack-bag treat
#13 Sporty water bottle and water flavoring
#14 Balloons to blow-up and bop around
Another great pit-stop activity!
#15 Squish-able bubble wrap and collector cards
#16 Color activity book and a calculator for pushing buttons and computing fun
#17 Putty, slime, or anything gooey!
#18 A destination-appropriate travel cup (Disney!)
There ya have it!
Easy peasy road trip goodie bags and surprise treats that can be customized per child! Trust me, they will keep the kids entertained for hours!
Now, on to planning our next family adventure!
What road trip activity is your favorite way to help pass time? Thanks for responding!Jen
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